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May 11, 2012 5:00am EDT
relations with david cameron. and if breivik asks to make a statement in court amid harrowing accounts of his massacre on the island of otoya. filipinos protest against what they see as chinese bullying. welcome to "bbc world news." i'm david eades. also coming up -- the olympic orbit, a first look at the u.k.'s largest sculpture built to mark the london 2012 olympic games. just how close were the ties of rupert murdoch's "news of the world" international papers and the british government? the former chief executive of the company, rebecca brooks, is to give evidence shortly at a inquiry which is running here in london, and it's expected she'll talk about her relations with the current and former prime ministers. there are claims that she and david cameron regularly texted one another as well as meeting frequently in business and social circles. >> rebecca brooks is the former executive who was courted by prime ministers. her papers backed tony blair three times. she was a guest of gordon brown's at a pajama party. historical detail of politicians past is likely to feature when she tak
May 4, 2012 6:00pm PDT
david cameron, he is looking at the country as a whole and he as seen huge losses. over 400 council seats lost. 801 by the labor party, who are the main opposition party at the moment. -- 800 won by the labour. why isn't david cameron happy? boris johnson is seen as someone who might take on david cameron for the crown, to be the leader of the conservative party and perhaps even the prime minister of the country. a scary thought for some but tonight, it does not seem that outrageous. >> let's start with boris johnson's popularity and what it might mean for david cameron. how likely is it that in the future, this man might lead the conservative party, or would he attempt to do that? >> it is a lot more likely. at some point, david cameron, right now as a prime minister, as a leader of the conservative party, but at some point, he will no longer be the leader. he will no longer be the prime minister. he will either be voted out of office or he will be ousted by his ministers. all political careers end in failure. what will the conservative party decided to do? they don't want to go to
May 5, 2012 12:30am PDT
of his own tax evasion. it was a bad day for the conservatives. >> david cameron is dragging down the party and the rest of britain. i suspect this is all to settle the question of the next tory leadership election. >> this election is about what forest johnson is doing right and how far he can go. >> and it has been -- >> because he is boris. like many may rallies across the world, it is a personality contest. it is not about the politics. he is not seen as a conservative by most people. he is seen as boris johnson. you either buy into that or you do not. that allowed him to buck the trend. for david cameron, the prime minister, there is a little bit of concern there because he is looking at the country as a whole. he sees huge losses over 400 council seats lost by the conservatives. 801 by the labor party for the main opposition party at the -- 800 won by the labor party for the main -- for the main opposition party at the moment. boris and johnson increasingly is seen as an heir apparent, somebody who might go after david cameron for the leader. it may be a scary thought for so
May 18, 2012 12:00am EDT
's important to accept, and i think this goes for david cameron, tony blair, gordon brown, the amount of time and energy that they -- not just the people who work for them, but they as prime ministers have to divert and dedicate to kind of dealing with what ultimately are media management issues has grown. it's grown and it's grown because of the way the media is developed. i think that's a problem, too. >> you continue "they and politicians let them have power" by which, of course, you mean it is within the gift of politicians to prevent the press having power but that, of course, might have positive ramifications for pre-press. it also presupposes that politicians are not going to yield to the obvious influences and powers which might intrude on their u agree with that? >> well, i think a lot of this started under margaret thatcher. i think that newspapers were given a sense of power. the numbers that we see, the peerages and the knighthoods and the sense they were almost part of her team. i think it changed under john major. i think when we were in power, i think that we -- i think we mayb
May 11, 2012 7:00am EDT
with the current prime minister, david cameron and the meeting with the murdoch family in greece in 2008. >> whose idea was it that mr. david cameron meet with the murdoches in greece on this indication? >> i'm not sure -- on this o'indication? >> i'm not sure who came up with this idea. i think it was born out of the fact that mr. murdoch was there in the summer and it was organized through number 10. >> there must have been initiatives there within news international to make arrangements. did you know anything about those? >> i knew he was coming, but i think the arrangements were made through mr. murdoch's office and number 10. >> rebekah brooks has denied any knowledge of phone hacking, but that's currently the subject of a separate investigation. peter biles, bbc. >> let's take a look at some of the other headlines making around the world. the aftermath of the bomb blast in syria's country, twin suicide car bombs outside a military intelligence building killed 55 people and injured hundreds more. it was the deadliest attack against bashar and fueling ideas that the militants are playing a gre
May 17, 2012 5:00am EDT
. you're right in the eye of the political storm. now we have this british prime minister david cameron. of course outside the euro zone, but we understand is going to say today, make up or break up. that's the message for the euro zone. how's that going to go down? >> i think some euro zone members will see it as interference -- unwelcome interference from from an often perceived problematic nation. so trying to blame the whoas of the british economy on the euro zone. but it is clear britain and indeed the global economy would be affected if there were to be a significant shot coming out of greece, greece leaving the euro. nobody knows quite what would happen. when you think back to when lehman brothers collapsed, that sent shock waves around the world. you've had robert zell i can, the world bank president saying the problem is not greece. it's italy and spain. the implication clearly being that there would be major economic shocks potentially for other euro zone communities and heard another saying the shock waves would spread out from a greek euro exit. and i think we need to bear
May 24, 2012 1:00am EDT
on social media sites. >>> coming up, david cameron discusses the g8 and nato summit. in an hour and 10 minutes,ed senate appropriations committee looks at national guard steady. in about three hours, the new york university law school hosts a discussion on race and law enforcement. that's followed by a forum looking at terrorist financing since the 9/11 attacks. >> david cameron addressed the house of commons wednesday on international plans to promote economic stability, multinational agreements to prevent iran from developinging nuclear weapons, and the plan to leave afghanistan by 2014. his remarks came during time set aside during last week's g8 and nato summits. this is 1:10. >> the g8 we reaped important conclusions on dealing with our debts, and the risks in the eurozone. deficit reduction and growth are not alternatives, you need the first in order to deliver the second. there was no debate about this, it was my view, chancellor merkel's view, president obama's view. indeed france will balance its budget at a faster rate than britain. in britain, in two years, we cut the defici
May 21, 2012 9:30am EDT
's important to accept and i think this goes for david cameron, gordon brown, tony blair. the amount of time and that they have to deal and delegate with the media management issue, it grown because of the way the media has developed. >> and you continue they only have power if politics let them have power, by which of course you mean it is within the gift of politicians to prevent the pressing is power. >> it presupposes they are not going to yield to the obvious influentials and powers that might intrude on their decision making. would you agree with that in. >> i think a lot of this is under margaret thatcher because i think that newspapers were given a sense of power, the numbers that received the knight hoods and the sense that they were almost part of her team. i think it changed under john major and i think when we were in power, i think we maybe did give the media too much of a sense of their own place within the political fervor and we should have changed it more. >> when you're talking about conferment of power, one of the virtues identified is the freedom of press. and the bad rea
May 16, 2012 3:00am EDT
? >> no, i don't think so. if you look at decisions david cameron is making now, whether it was military action in libya or troops en route to afghanistan or spending on the health service or tax levels, newspapers can't do those things. and that is real power, which he has invested in him because he's the prime minister. newspapers can influence all of those debates. i don't think it is power. >> i'll move to a different topic now. >> maybe slightly -- different. but i wonder whether it is not rather more than mere influence. i don't limit the meaning of the word influence. because what newspapers have is what is longevity. and politicians tend not to have longevity. so mr. murdoch has been there or thereabouts for 40 years, which is a very, very long time. you make the point that he is the most powerful media owner, and then you describe mr. dacre as the most powerful newspaper editor. but doesn't that longevity give them rather more than influence? i agree, it is not the power to change the law or the way in which this country is run. but it is a very real form, at the very strongest
May 27, 2012 9:00pm EDT
and pacific here on c-span. >> next, a british prime minister david cameron takes questions in the house of commons. commencement speeches by first lady michelle obama and ca director david petraeus. and "q&a" with former secret service agents clint hill. david cameron answered questions on the health of the british economy. he noted unemployment is decreasing although youth unemployment remained unchallenged. at the end of the session, the speaker announces that aung san suu kyi will address both houses of parliament in late june. this is about 35 minutes. >> question to the branprime minister. >> thank you. i had meetings with ministerial colleagues and others and in addition, i shall have further such meetings later today. >> [inaudible] does the prime minister shiver when he thinks about what happened? >> i think any hon. lady makes a good point. it is worth while listening to what the director of the imf said yesterday. when i think back myself to make 2010 when the u.k. deficit was at 11% and i try to imagine what the situation would be like today, if no such program had been decid
May 11, 2012 2:30pm PDT
politicians in london. rebekah brooks said she used to exchange text messages with david cameron. >> running the gauntlet of the media, the woman who was once a significant number of that. ,nce rupert murdoch's protegee here today to face questions about the world of the press and politicians. >> thank you. >> she resigned from news international shortly after she was arrested by police investigating phone hacking. she told the inquiry that her departure had prompted commiseration from within the government. >> i received indirect messages from number 10, number 11, home office, for an office. >> did mr. blair send you one? >> yes. >> it has been reported, in relation to mr. cameron, you received a message of support along the lines "keep your head up." >> along those lines. >> you also received a message along these lines -- "sorry i could not have been as loyal to you as i could have spent -- been." >> very indirectly. >> it has been claimed that david cameron and mrs. brooks texted each other up to a dozen times a day. untrue, she said. >> it is preposterous. " that will now been a relief
May 31, 2012 12:30am PDT
director to david cameron, has been charged with perjury. police are investigating whether he lied in the trial of a scottish politician in 2010. >> his day started at his home in london. by mid afternoon, he was driven into a police station in scotland to be questioned on suspicion of committing perjury. the allegations have their roots here. headlines about the scottish politicians. he sued and won. he was later tried and convicted. it was during that trial that mr. coulson was called as a witness. he was working for the prime minister. he said he was confident the police would find no evidence he was aware of illegal phone hacking. mr. sheridan also asked if the news of the world paid corrupt police officers? mr. coulson replied, not to my knowledge. >> we now have a start to what will hopefully become criminal charges and hopefully mr. coulson will be joined by colleagues in the future. >> of five years ago, david cameron appointed the former editor as his communications chief. a month after, he gave the evidence, he resigned. he was then arrested in july of last year by scotla
May 17, 2012 7:00am EDT
there. >> prime minister david cameron has used a hastily rearranged speech to underline his message is that the eurozone is at a crossroads and must sort out weaker economies like greece. >> the idea that they can borrow and spend their way to recovery is a dangerous solution. it is increasingly clear that they are less likely to sustain the necessary adjustment, economically or politically, and was the core of the eurozone, including two european central bank, does more to share the burden of that adjustment -- including the european central bank, does more to share the burden of the adjustment. >> political pressure on the german government notes, too. mounts, too. >> chancellor angela merkel says she's looking at additional growth measures. the leader of greece's's radica radical left says she is playing poker with people's lives. >> let's go to athens end our correspondent -- athens and our correspondent. richard, how is this campaign going to be different from the last one? >> firstly, it is probably be much more vitriolic than the last one, given what was said during some of t
May 19, 2012 7:00pm EDT
that there will be a pro european government that is committed to the memorandum of understanding. >> when david cameron says that the eurozone has to decide whether to make up for a break up, he says there is a decision. >> this is quite clear that we made its decision two years ago, make up. >> so, he has misread it? >> no, when we started with solidarity towards greece, in exchange, we asked the greek people to get that contract, to reform the country, to stabilize the budget, to make structural reform, to come back on the growth path. this is what we are doing for the last two years >> -- >> the people have to decide whether they want to be inside of 0 or tside of the euro. have they decided to be both? >> if you are participating in a common currency, you have to fulfill the obligations. >> you must have contemplated greece's inability to maintain their place within the euro. >> what they are talking about is wrong. it would take a decade. our program is not based on weeks, but in years, to support greece, and to regain the political movement towards more competitiveness. >> they cannot stay in the
May 8, 2012 7:00pm EDT
. >> thank you, domenico lombardi of brookings. >>> british prime minister david cameron said today the uk should stick to its economic austerity measures despite the election results in france and greece. that's next on c-span. after that, a conversation won digital media and journalism. then cabinet officials at a town hall meeting talk about public service. later, a discussion on the role of nato and its priorities. >>> tomorrow the house armed services committee works on a defense programs plan for 2013. the authorization proposes $554 billion for the defense department and national security programs and $88 billion for overseas contingency operations. live coverage gets under way at 10:00 a.m. eastern here on c-span3. >>> next, a news conference with british prime minister david cameron and his liberal democrat deputy prime minister nick clegg. prime minister cameron said his coalition government continues to be important and necessary. this comes as both parties saw losses in local elections recently. this event was held at a tractor factory in essex, england, and it's about 35 minut
May 31, 2012 5:00am EDT
, to clear his name. that's not as easy as it might seem. i guess for david cameron, for the prime minister, he's going to have to do some weighing up as to whether this is a casualty he can perhaps sort of afford to lose. >> that's right. david cameron was forced to call this inquiry a year ago, and it was both to really purge all the worries about phone hacking and the powers that the murdoches had over british politics, but the danger for david cameron is it's just unearthing all this sort of informal machinery of government. it shows that they were quite chummy emails and text messages between news corporation on the one hand and government ministers. now, dade cameron would say, well, what matters at the end of the day is did ministers act right or wrongly. the danger, of course, in politics is the perception of it, and is the perception that a cabinet minister just got too close to this very powerful corporation? >> well, questions are still going on and the answers are coming with, and we'll keep across that. thanks very much for that. i should say that this is a complex case. the in
May 8, 2012 10:00pm PDT
the conservative party candidate, david cameron. when david cameron became prime minister, one of the first visitors to ten downing street was the chairman of news corporation. >> mr. murdoch, why did you enter the back door at number ten when you visited the prime minister following the last general election? >> because i was asked to. >> why would that be? >> to avoid photographers in the front, i imagine. i don't know. i was asked; i just did what i was told. >> again, mr. murdoch, have you ever imposed any preconditions... >> which, um, visit to downing street are you suggesting... are you talking about? >> it was just following the last general election. >> i was invited within days to have a cup of tea to be thanked for the support by mr. cameron. >> bergman: it was not the first time. for 30 years, rupert murdoch had been visiting number ten to be thanked for his support by british prime ministers. >> ...believe in a sound defense policy of the kind... (crowd cheering) >> bergman: the deal-making began in the late '70s, when the "iron lady" was given a helping hand when britain's lar
May 11, 2012 2:00am EDT
testified in your statement that you met mr. david cameron there, at a dinner. do you recall? >> yes. >> was he your preferred candidate for the leadership? >> certainly at the last stage. i have taken the time to look back at some "news of the world" editions around that period, and i do not think "news of the world" ever explicitly supported mr. cameron, or explicitly supported anyone. we did employee mr. william hague, and he expressed a preference. he went to work for him later. >> from a personal perspective, was he your preferred candidate for the leadership? >> i do not think i formed at that stage a clear view. i found a leader from "news of the world" where we suggested it was his to win. i have up on anything to the contrary. i think that is as far as it went. >> between december 2005 and january 2007, was the news of the world clearly moving toward endorsing the conservative party at the next election? >> i do not think so. "news of the world," under my editorship, came up with the line "hug a hoodie." i do not think that is the case. >> paragraph 34 of your statement, you
May 25, 2012 7:00pm EDT
, not just the news of the world, but the sun. as you say also in paragraph 42, i told david cameron in one of our first discussions that he should not -- sorry, that was news of the world. brooks and i were friends, but, again, i made clerk and was understood that that does not mean that the sun would endorse us so, again, the premise was conversation was, or the interest mr. cameron, that's to you, was how would the sun go in the next election? >> yes, but as i said, i started that conversation. >> the sun in particular was of interest to mr. cameron, wasn't it? >> yes. >> why do you think that was? >> it's circulation. >> not just circulation. it contains a significant number of so-called floating voters, didn't it? >> within the circulation, yes, sir. >> so in terms of thee most important newspaper, if you had to identify one you support political party mind which to attain, the sun would always be top of the tree, wouldn't it? >> if you wanted to look at it in terms of circulation, yes, because it has the biggest circulation. i took a view that there were a number of other newspapers t
May 24, 2012 3:00pm EDT
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May 17, 2012 6:30pm PDT
a commitment to promote growth. >> and much stronger tone is coming from british prime minister david cameron. he is calling on the eurozone to face its problems or face the collapse of the single currency. he says the eurozone was at a crossroad. he singled out germany saying the government had to do more to resolve the crisis. britain is not a member of the eurozone. cameron's comments are unlikely to go down well with the countries who accuse britain of lacking a commitment to europe. the immigrants have crossed illegally into israel in the past 02 years. >> israel may not be the first destination for many african migrants. most head there because it can be reached over land and european countries have become more strict about letting asylum seekers in. >> defense snakes through the desert along the border. is there to prevent infiltration by terrorists and the smuggling of weapons. human traffickers are also at work. they want to halt smuggling of african migrants. more and more people are being struggled -- smuggled across the border. the human rights group provides free medical aid. thi
May 30, 2012 7:00pm PDT
in person. at the invitation of david cameron in june, she will visit britain where she previously studied at oxford university. her itinerary also includes a stop at oslo. suu kyi will give a speech on women's participation in society at the economic forum held in the thai capital on thursday and friday. she's also expected to brief representatives of her country on the status of the democratizization. first up on her tour was a suburb of bangkok. she saw the difficult lives of myanmar immigrants in neighboring thailand. >> reporter: a big crowd of myanmar workers are awaiting the arrival of aung sang suu kyi. >> reporter: this is the enthusiasm shown to myanmar's democratic icon. thousands of myanmar workers in the province gathered to cheer aung san suu kyi. a seafood processing center and hundreds of thousands of people from myanmar work in the seafood industry for low wages. the workers were the audience for her first speech abroad in 24 years after a forced silence in myanmar. she called on the myanmar immigrants to return home and participate in building a democracy. >> translator:
May 25, 2012 5:00pm EDT
are there. i think it is important to accept -- i think this goes for david cameron, gordon brown, tony blair -- that the amount of time and energy that they, not just the people who work for them, but they as prime ministers have to devote and dedicate to kind of dealing with what are ultimately media management issues. it's grown. it's grown and it's growing because of the way the media has developed. i think that's a problem too. >> then you continue, they only have power if politicians let them have power. >> yeah. >> by which of course you mean it is within the gift of politicians to prevent press having power. but that might of course have obvious ramifications for free press. it also presupposes politicians are not going to yield to the obvious influences and powers which might intrude on their decision-making. would you agree with that? >> well, i think a lot of this started under margaret thatcher. i think that newspapers were given a sense of power. the numbers that we see, the peerages and the knighthoods and the sense they were almost part of her team. i think it changed und
May 20, 2012 6:30pm EDT
next, two hours of q and a, with both parts of the interview with lyndon johnson. and later, david cameron takes questions in the house of commons. commons.
May 9, 2012 9:00am EDT
a news conference with british prime minister david cameron and his liberal democrat deputy prime minister nick clegg. he said his coalition government continues to be important and necessary. this comes as both parties saw losses in local the elections recently. this event was held at a tractor factory in essex, england and it's about 35 minutes. [ applause ] >> so as i said about five minutes ago, it's a unique and historic occasion. i want you all to welcome the prime minister david cameron and the deputy prime minister nick clegg into the plant. they'll give you a short speech each and then we'll have a q&a session. thank you. >> thanks very much, indeed. thank you very much for the warm welcome. it's great to be here. great to be here in a factory that is employing more people this year, that's expanding and that's doing so well selling overseas. but i know that we're living in very difficult economic times. and i just wanted to say a word about that before asking nick to speak and then we'll try and answer your questions. these are tough economic times. you switch on your te
May 15, 2012 7:30pm EDT
to the parliamentary press gallery was part of a political strategy. i don't think that david cameron particularly wants to have to deal with this, i don't think he wants to set up the inquiry. he had to do it in the end. i think he'll be in a very -- i think it will be very difficult for him not to go along with whatever recommendations or at least a very large part of the recommendations, the inquiry produces. but i don't think there is much of an appetite. i hope there is some appetite for the sort of cross-party approach you were talking about with augusta o'donnell earlier. but i wouldn't rule out the possibility of the politicians looking to see how this might affect their position vis-a-vis the next election. i would think there's some appetite for change but i wouldn't overstate it. i think there's quite a big appetite for the people who are no longer there. >> the general topic of the form of the press, in particular regulation, mr. powell, again page 206 -- see whether this accords with your recollection. we first discussed how we could remedy the failed relationship between the media an
May 6, 2012 9:00pm EDT
might do. >> sunday night, may 20. >> in a few moments, british prime minister david cameron response to questions from parliament this week about his ties to news corp. and allegations that his culture secretary in gauged in inappropriate dealings with the news agency. and activists discussed the ability for clean energy and fossil fuels. bank the moon will be at the center for strategic and international studies to talk about the u.n. and pose conflict situations. if you could watch live coverage starting at 11:00 a.m. eastern. the house budget committee is marking up a bill to replace a $600 billion in mandatory defense cuts. they are required by law as part of last summer to raise the debt ceiling. it begins at 2:00 p.m. eastern. last week, david cameron denied having any of her free at -- and having any inappropriate interactions with rupert murdoch. it was by culture secretary and jeremy hon. >> order, an urgent question. >> mr. speaker, ask the prime minister if you will -- in respect with his dealings with news corp. to the independent adviser. >> last wednesday, i answered qu
May 21, 2012 12:35am EDT
that dictate elections, i just don't buy it. the last election, david cameron had the endorsement of, you know, virtually all of the newspapers and didn't get a majority. so i think we've got to be careful about this. where i think they have an influence is in the establishment of an overall agenda in which the political environment and debate then plays out. >> let me just ask you to comment on a paragraph in mr. powell's book which is page 190. he's giving his perception of what was happening at this time. our primary target was rupert murdoch and tony went out of his way to woo him. do we agree with that? >> i don't like the word woo, but he was certainly the most important media player, without a doubt. >> and then mr. powell continues, i've been told by the sunday timss correspondent in washington that the american economist and columnist irwin steltzer was a confidante of murdoch in the best way into him. do you agree with that? >> no, i think the best way into rupert murdoch was via rupert murdoch. >> well, maybe mr. powell is putting it just a notch too high, but if mr. murdoch is not
May 28, 2012 12:00am EDT
- span. >> next, a british prime minister david cameron takes questions in the house of commons. after that, a discussion on media coverage in china. tomorrow, a retired colonel from the military officers association of america. he will talk about the education benefits for americans in the 2013 request. troops here at home and abroad. part of our week-long columnist series. washington journal, live at 7:00 -- 7:00 a.m. >> given a choice between tyranny and freedom, people will choose freedom. people want the best for their children and they want their creativity and their hard work to be rewarded. people want the freedom to speak their minds, choose those who will lead them, and the right to embrace their faith. >> notable figures from the past three decades online at the c- span video library. >> david cameron answered questions on the health of the economy. unemployment remains a challenge. this is about 35 minutes. sudan and the african union road map should be adhered to by both sides. >> questions for the prime minister. >> this morning i had meetings with ministerial bodies and
May 3, 2012 7:00am EDT
had to resign. he's facing criminal charges. one of david cameron's top allies have been embarrassed in the last few weeks by the inquiries and it doesn't get much bigger than that. host: in terms of this overall investigation, also an economic issue because this came at the same time that the murdoch empire was looking to take big sky, a profitable satellite operation, murdoch and his company have a stake in it. that of course as dissipated. guest: exactly. the newspaper angle was an embarrassment but the satellite television side was far more damaging. that's what they care about more, that's more profitable. and so, you know, they've really been damaged commercially by this. host: how unusual is it that he would appear before the house of commons on a monday at the request of the lay labor party leader? guest: it's very unusual. he was furious in fact. he was glowing bright red with fury that he was being dragged in front to answer for his ministry jeremy hunt. he was hoping to do some campaigning for some local elections happening today in in great britain. host: let's take you t
May 9, 2012 1:00pm PDT
. conservative prime minister david cameron said he is for same-sex marriage. but in spite -- some favor of same-sex marriage in spite of being a conservative, but because he is a conservative. that's where i come from. >> and traditionally conservative position is i have no authority to exert myself in your community or your household in such a way, so my conservative opinion is none of my business. >> stay out of the bedroom. i try to come here and see every topic as an outsider and see both sides. on this one, i don't understand why president obama didn't come out earlier and say all this. i don't get what north carolina's decision -- >> how did he come out of the north carolina referendum. i think it would have had a lot more leadership, a lot more weight. >> i don't think it would have made any difference. the white house issued a statement. it was going to passalong. everyone knew this. i don't think he can change politics over night on this issue. what he will do is change a what the democratic party says about it and over time we will have a much bigger shift in terms of americans polici
May 16, 2012 6:00am EDT
by gordon brown and david cameron. and other people got up to all sorts of stuff. there's no doubt about that. and part of politics is part of life. i tried to control at the center. i tried to keep a grip of things. but the reality is there are hundreds of people out there the whole time who -- anybody who works on downing street in the eyes of a journalist is a senior downing street source. anybody who works in the home office is a senior home office source. i think we did a pretty good job in having proper coordination at the center, but it's very difficult to maintain that. >> mr. powell points the finger of blame in a particular place. he says "it's the special advisers like the damian o'brieens, charlie wheelers, and ed balzes, not -- who specialize in character assassination through the pages of the newspapers. what always surprised me was that the assassins managed to persuade the press to keep quiet about their activities. however many incriminating e-mails or texts they sent." >> that's a very good point. in other words -- >> is all of that correct? >> well, no, not all of it b
May 9, 2012 8:30pm EDT
rod. parliamently clerks, and we have david cameron and ed miliband, the labor leader. first we've seen of him today. george osborne, teresa ray, and other senior parliamentary figures, ian duncan smith just leaving, harriet harmon, the deputy leader there. always interesting to watch body language. >> it's awkward having to do it on camera. of course they do have meetings, briefing each other on matters of security. it's always quite fun to see whether they can keep a smile. in recent weeks they have not looked a lot like they like each other. >> no. sometimes it's more convincing than at other times. so we've seen lots of members of the cabinet and the opposition front bench on their way in. a bit of a scrum. and rachel, you're watching this with me as well. from the labor point of view, it's a bit of a scramble, isn't it? people want to get in and get a good view. but there is very little room in the lords for people to see what is going on. >> i have only been there once before because i was elected in 2010. there is not much space in there. so some people wait in members lo
May 9, 2012 9:00pm EDT
there leading the way with david cameron and ed miliband, having heard the speech. we reckon on a quick calculation there were 19 bills in the speech. always a little of a debate about this because there can be some draft bills, and do we include the draft bills in the total. around 19 bills, we think. we'll talk a little more about them in a second. but what happens here is the speaker returns. he leads all the mps back to the green benches of the house of commons, an all together more sober and more spartan chamber in that sense. and they are preparing for several days of debate on the queen's speech. the prime minister, leader of the opposition will feature prominently in the opening stages of that. so it's time to have some response i think as the mps take their place in the chamber. of course you'll all be part of this debate. justine, i'm going ask you a mischief question. did you have a bill in the queen's speech? >> not for transport, although there will be drunk driving rules brought through. that will be a lead. the smaller bill i am partly responsible for is the charities don
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